Richard Stubbs

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Richard Stubbs
Born (1957-11-04) 4 November 1957 (age 61)
OccupationRadio presenter, writer, comedian
FamilyPeter Stubbs (brother)

Richard Stubbs (born 4 November 1957) is an Australian radio and television presenter, writer and comedian.


Stubbs was educated at Wesley College, Melbourne, where he was school captain.[1] He then completed a Bachelor of Economics degree.[2]

After a try-out routine at Melbourne's Last Laugh comedy theatre in 1983, Stubbs' style of anecdotal comedy, based on real-life experience, proved successful. His ability to hold an audience with his sharp delivery and rapid-fire ad libs earned him a reputation as the hottest arrival on the comedy scene.[citation needed] Since then, Stubbs has performed in many Australian and international comedy venues, including Montreal, Los Angeles, London and New York.

Stubbs' TV credits include that of writer, interviewer, co-host, host, actor and comedian. His live performances were refined by the experience of hosting 121 Tonight Live shows on Friday evenings on Channel 7 nationally from 1990 to 1993.

Stubbs' radio background is extensive, with 20 years of experience as a presenter. He started on 3XY's XY-Zoo breakfast show, followed by Triple M in the mornings before moving to the Richard Stubbs Breakfast Show for five years.

Public interest in Stubbs became evident when he retired from radio at the end of 1997. In 1998 and 1999 he had numerous corporate engagements and regularly appeared on and hosted Hey Hey It's Saturday. He completed a sell-out season at the Athenaeum Theatre during the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in April 1998 and had two national tours in the same year.

Stubbs' first published book was 1998's Still Life – Thoughts of a Man Hurriedly Going Nowhere.

Stubbs returned to radio from 2000 to 2003 on 101.1 TT FM (now known as KIIS 101.1), hosting two years in the morning shift and the third year in the 6.00 am to 9.00 am breakfast shift. He also returned to live stand-up comedy, performing his Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2003 show, Richard Stubbs Comperes Le Joke. He then continued the festival run by selling out his Up Close show at the Gold Coast Comedy Festival and a season at Sydney's Comedy Store, together with varied corporate engagements around the country in 2003 and 2004.

In 2006, Stubbs joined 774 ABC Melbourne as the Afternoons presenter. In October 2015, he resigned after 11 years at the station. Stubbs had been the subject of formal complaints of workplace bullying in his final months.[3][4]

In October 2016, Stubbs joined 3AW's Weekend Break as a regular contributor alongside brother Peter ("Grubby") and Diane ("Dee Dee") Dunleavy.[5] In 2016, he returned to stand up comedy performing in venues around Australia. In 2017 he performed his one-man show, Richard Stubbs In Full Flight, at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Personal life[edit]

Stubbs' brother is Melbourne radio personality Peter Stubbs.[2]


  1. ^ Shmith, Michael (6 February 2005). "Richard the Lionheart". The Age. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b Newsome, Brad (12 October 2006). "Brothers in broadcast". The Age. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Radio host Richard Stubbs sorry over 'bully' claims".
  4. ^ "ABC presenter Richard Stubbs apologises over bullying claims".
  5. ^ Dennehy, Luke (13 October 2016). "Stubbs back on the radio". Herald Sun. Retrieved 4 November 2017.

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